Skilled workers to be prioritised with backlog of almost one million visas

Australia’s visa backlog is currently close to one million applications, with 961,016 in total waiting to be processed. Of these, approximately 57,906 applications are skilled workers seeking permanent visas, while 560,187 have been lodged by people outside Australia, including 13,806 seeking temporary visas. The Department of Home Affairs has employed more staff and redirected resourcesRead more

Why is my TSS Visa Application Taking so Long to be Processed?

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visas are currently taking longer to process for a variety of reasons, however, all mainly due to changes coming out of the other side of lockdowns, travel restrictions and pandemic safety regulations. The Department of Home Affairs released some statistics related to the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa as well as someRead more

Applying for an Australian Parent Visa

It goes without saying that the last 2 years have been an extremely difficult and trying time for families separated by the Australian Border closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Being an office of migrants ourselves, we firsthand and emphatically understand the emotional drain and stress the Australian border closures had on expats residing inRead more

Travel Exemptions – Who can travel to Australia?

With the ever changing guidelines and masses of information available through the media, it is often difficult and confusing to know who exactly can travel to Australia currently and what are the Australian borders actually doing. Are they open, are they closed? Below is some information to guide you during this time. Who can currentlyRead more

Temporary relaxation of work conditions – Students and Working Holiday Makers

In response to Australia’s current work shortages as a result of increasing positive Covid-19 numbers, the Australian Government has temporarily removed certain work limitations for both Students and Working Holiday Makers.  Student visa holders will now have no limit on their working hours across all States.  This change is effective immediately and will be reviewedRead more

Australian visa changes 2022

Migration to Australia has fallen considerably since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic due to widespread travel bans and border closures, but it is expected to recover in 2022. To encourage migration as part of its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australia government announced some major immigration changes. Which visa holders can currently enterRead more

Australia’s borders to open on 15 December 2021 as planned

Australia is set to reopen its borders as planned on Wednesday 15 December to eligible visa holders, including international students, skilled migrants, humanitarian, working holiday makers and provisional family visa holders. The easing of restrictions means that fully vaccinated eligible visa holders will no longer be required to secure an exemption to travel into theRead more

Queensland has reopened its borders after months of lockdown

After months of lockdown Queensland reopened its borders at 1am today, Monday 13 December. Fully vaccinated people will be able to travel to Queensland without quarantining under certain conditions. This is the Queensland roadmap to easing restrictions: Domestic arrivals Travellers from interstate hotspots can arrive by road or air. They must be fully vaccinated. TheyRead more